Hot Buttered Rum String Band Live at High Sierra Music Hall on 2005-07-03
Fox->Cluck Old Hen->Spider->Fox
New Speedway Boogie*
You Make Me Feel Liek Dancin'*
* w/ Tim Carbone and John Skehan
Subject: Oldtimer says this smokes!
Subject: To each his/her own.
Secondly, the reviewer mentions Yonder Mountain a couple times, and seems to indicate a preference for them. I was lucky enough to see both bands last month two weeks apart. I love both bands and can't/won't say which is better, because they're very different. My general comments are that HBRSB was more nuanced and expressive, the vocals were better, and in my novice opinion, had a more traditional sound for the traditional songs. And of course, HBRSB is more eager to display their varied musical influences. I personally like it - just like the Dead turned traditional tunes into
Dead jams, HBRSB turns Dead, Beetles, etc. tunes into bluegrass.
By the way, I think this show's a keeper. Cheers!
Subject: last one
It seems to me that their instruments' tone is a bit too far to the high end (to the point of sounding like rubberbands); although they seem like good musicians, their tempo often seems too fast for their capabilities; their 'jams' seem bland; they often come perilously close to singing out of key (and not in a stylish or expressive manner); and much of the vocals lack that overall strength which often sets bluegrass apart from other musical styles. Inasmuch as I would counter my points with the argument, "The point of their music is the energy they share while playing," much of their energy seems phony or induced by that all too typical faux-Zen quality of many hippy musicians.
If you want bluegrass, check out the real stuff: Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Del McCoury, Flatt and Scrugs, J.D. Crowe, Jim and Jesse, Jimmy Martin, etc.... If you want newgrass/jamgrass see: Alan Munde, Bill Keith, the Tony Rice Unit, Norman Blake, Old School Freight Train, Newgrass Revival, David Grisman Quintet, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, Hot Rize, Country Cookin, John Hartford, etc.... If you want the happy, trancey, feel-good jammy music, New Monsoon and String Cheese are way more interesting, capable and fun. Just some suggestions for those who haven't been exposed to the originals. By the way, I would much rather hear the Dead play New Speedway Boogie, or Tim O'Brien sing Nellie Kane (this cover irritated me to no end even though it is not on this show).
With all of that said, I do admire these guys for the apparently nice and appreciative crowd they have attracted thus far, and the general feeling of goodness they exude. And of course, I admire anyone who can stand up in front of an audience and get through a whole tune. This stuff just isn't for me. If I want to hear someone who sounds like Fishman singing, I'll listen to Phish. If I spend $20 on a ticket, I'm going to see a real bluegrass band or Yonder (if I'm in a really energetic mood).
Subject: Great show...
Subject: sounds like days of old...
I'd give it more stars if I could 8^)
Subject: Stellar Late Night
The jam out of Fox is really special as is the Spider. Naked Blue, seldom played but much loved, is a great choice and when combined with a crushing Evolution, you are very happy. The Open Season/Dovetail combo is almost a half hour of intricate yet melodious jammin' that is so good. Hard not to love this show! End it with summertine gal and guest appearances by RRE members and you got a rippin' rood time.
Subject: Hey now,
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